Saturday, September 14, 2019

Long awaited re-ups, plus, watch this space!

It's been awhile since I've tended to dead links, so here we go again, based on your requests.  Check this post later again this coning week for some additional links, and feel free to make a request or two.  Thanks!

Swallow - S/T and Sourpuss
Senseless Things - Empire of the Senseless
Versus - Let's Electrify! ep (MP3 or FLAC)
Crash - Everything Under the Sun
Material Issue - Issues Vol. 3
Wondermints - 1988 demos
Off Broadway - live 1980 and unreleased
John Wicks & The Records - Rock'ola
Facecrime - Sex & Revolution ep
Modern Minds - compilation cd
The Flys - Waikiki Beach Refugees and Own
Cheticamp - Aeroplane Vs. Automobile
Inner Sleeves - End it All 7"
Marnies - Electric Wire 7"
Outside World - tape
Baxters - Era Buffet
Eurogliders - Pink Suit Blue Day
Phantom Planet - rarities
V/A - Children of Nuggets - Discs 1, 2, 3, 4
V/A - Give Me the Cure  
V/A - Iowa Compilation Vol 1 & Vol 2
V/A - Punk USA
V/A - Austin, TX "So What" Tribute to the Replacements
The Gloria Record - Grace the Snow is Here 7"
Poi Dog Pondering - 8 Songs Tape
Outrageous Cherry - Stereo Action Rent Party
Lovers Under Pressure - The Elvis Years and Island tape
Eleventh Dream Day - s/t ep
Gaunt - Whitey the Man ep
Marshal Fields - EP
Virgin Release (pre-Marshal Fields) - Turn it Down 7"
14 Iced Bears - In the Beginning
Sand Rubies - Release the Hounds
The Misstakes - National Pastime
Datura Seeds - Who Do You Want it to Be? and S&P 
Junk Monkeys - Firehouse, Kick out the Jelly, Five Star Fling, Bliss
I Can Crawl - Desert
Go Four 3 - Six Friends
Swing Set - Life Speeds Up
Glass Eye - Marlo and Huge
Epic Rumors - The Feral Child
Enemies in the Grass - Blind Crossing ep & 7"
Human Television - demos
say-so - 1986 demo
American Standard - Wonderland and Trial Size 7"
Chopper - 4play ep
The Sneetches - Sunnyside Down 7"
Naiomi's Hair - Tara and Bag Truck tape
Overflow - The Worm 7"
Oversoul Seven - Fool Revelation and S/T

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Crumbs of Insanity - Spiral Stare tape (1989)

For a change I decided not to make you wait until Friday for some new tunes.  It didn't hurt that I had this one digitized and ready to go.  My initial draw to these Buffalo suburbanites was the involvement of one Mark Freeland (R.I.P.), a unique and talented savant-garde multimedia artist who made several records under his own name in the '80s-'90s.  It wasn't until I looked at Crumbs of Insanity's roster on the cassette inlay that I learned Freeland merely played percussion in this particular combo.  Nonetheless, not a regrettable purchase, albeit not the essence of what the man was responsible for. 

The Crumbs were actually spearheaded by Dave Rapp, whose parlance vaguely hovered in the vicinity of Boy George at times.  No shortage of hedonism is implied on these five cuts, with the Crumbs stopping short of any frivolous maneuvers.  Decked out in a white-boy, Caribbean melange of reggae-lite and new wave inklings (maybe a hint of Haircut 100 on "Keys"), I'm not sure what the band's ultimate objective was, or even if there were other releases surrounding this one.  World domination wasn't in the cards I'm afraid. Some of the material here strikes me as a tad underwritten, but I'm generally not apt to complain about what I'm hearing, particularly on side one (selections 1-3).  At some point I'll indulge you with some of Mark Freeland's proper studio delectation's.

01. Great Fire
02. Sentimental Drifter
03. Keys
04. Waves of Love
05. Lame Duck

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Oil tankers and the National Guard...

From 2000.  This artist's only proper album outside of soundtracks and scores.  Some say it's a classic.

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Stealer - s/t (1982)

The album jacket depicted to your left may strike you as either innocuous, or perhaps even slightly off-putting.  Nothing about it screams "indie" or "post-punk, or in fact anything particularly visionary.  In some respects these assumptions are right on the money as Stealer were not indie kids, punk, or on the cutting edge of much of anything.  In fact, the foursome in question were marketed as hard rock and AOR.  Probably not the most enticing of musical propositions, and hardly the stuff of this blog's aesthetics, as it were.  "Hard rock," especially the pedestrian variety thereof, reeks of stock riffs, unimaginative FM playlists, antiseptic arenas, and all-too familiar themes of love, partying, and blue collar concerns.  Yet once in awhile I'll stumble across a forgotten hopeful of this ilk that stands out from the pack just enough to perk my ears up, and in this case even get me a little stoked. 

Stealer were major label casualties (we can thank MCA for the hiring/firing) who issued this lone self-titled platter.  While firmly in the AOR mold, the band (whose whereabouts remain unknown) had a stronger melodic prowess than the brunt of their competition.  Bearing a loose resemblance to early Loverboy/Foreigner with occasional tinges of Cheap Trick, their flirtations with power-pop aren't as frequent as I'd prefer them to be, but I'll gladly take what I'm hearing on "Never Again," "If You Want Me" and "Your Heart Will Burn."  If it's more meat and potatoes hard rock you're craving the opening "On My Own Again" is a screamingly obvious (should've-been) airwaves anthem," and the even hotter second song in, "E.S.P." is a punchy, melodic gut check that genuinely outdid anything along the aforementioned Loverboy/Foreigner continuum, tame as that may sound to many of you.  The only bum item on Stealer is the concluding "Johnny," which regrettably could pass for a limp Bad Company ballad.

Compared to say, any of my Big Star, Husker Du, or Posies entries, Stealer may rank as a comparatively low priority, but I wouldn't be making it available for consumption if I couldn't vouch for it.  Go into this one with an open mind and you'll be pleasantly surprised.  Btw, pickings are woefully slim online for shedding any relevant light on this one.  Best I could find were an album critique and a thread on a hard rock forum

01. On My Own Again
02. E.S.P.
03. If You Want Me
04. Ready or Not
05. Never Again
06. I've Got to Fight
07. Hold Tight
08. Your Heart Will Burn
09. Tell Me It's Love
10. Johnny

Friday, September 6, 2019

Elton Motello - Pop Art 7" (1980, Passport)

Elton Motello was the stage name of Alain Ward, and somewhat confusingly it was also the name of his band in total.   The UK-based Ward kicked off his career in a glam/punk combo, Bastard, before taking up the Motello mantle in 1978, a year which saw the release of their debut long player, Victim of Time.  That album's follow-up Pop Art, came down the pike two years later and also spawned a single of the same name.  The 45 in question served as my intro to E/M, and after surveying the deft chops and somewhat sardonic modus operandi of the A-side, I'd put Ward in the same league as B.A. Roberston, Donnie Iris and for that matter, Bram Tchaikovsky.  In short, a frontman brimming with character and sass, the likes of which we're in dreadfully short supply of these.  The flip, "20th Century Fox" isn't the Doors song, rather another cheeky original with a mildly grandiose sweep, a la something Motello's contemporaries The Motors might have turned in had they not been so straight-faced.  There's a lot of music floating around the halls of Wilfully Obscure, and amidst my numerous stacks and racks I may have the Pop Art LP I spoke of a moment ago, so who knows, maybe that one will materialize on here later.  Feel free to imbibe this two-songer for now.

A. Pop Art
B. 20th Century Fox

Sunday, September 1, 2019

I can't explain what I can't see.

This band's 1979 fourth album was almost as classic and gratifying as their first three.  Almost.

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